Education On Fire - Sharing creative and inspiring learning in our schools

Mark Taylor

Do you feel the education system is sucking the life out of you and the pupils you serve? I think many of us wish we could click our fingers and make it fit for purpose. A place of growth with shared learning that empowers pupils to be their best selves, so they can create a world they want to inhabit now and in the future. While a magic wand or a visionary politician might sound like the answer I believe change is already happening. Educators are changing futures one conversation at a time. New technology and the environments where we learn are beginning to look different both in and out of the classroom. I hope you are seeing this first hand and are excited about what you can share with your pupils. We are having conversations, sharing organisations and communities that are supporting education in a way that you may have not experienced. Educational change will come from us all working in way that supports the best interests of each of our pupils, personalised learning. Governments and policy makers will follow when they see fully how it can be different. So let us teach, coach, mentor and create an environment that fuels every child with feedback, inspiration, resilience and empowerment. The Education on Fire community is shining the torch, so no matter where you are in the world or how you are supporting children this podcast is here for you. ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’

289: Leprosy Awareness and Global Citizenship with Lepra
2d ago
289: Leprosy Awareness and Global Citizenship with Lepra
Anna Ansted has been working with international charity, Lepra, for 9 years. Lepra works in India, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe helping people affected by leprosy. Every day 600 people are diagnosed with leprosy; 50 of those are children. Anna works with schools across the UK to raise awareness about leprosy – that it still exists, that it is curable and with more support, Lepra can help more people. Working with schools for over 50 years, Lepra have develop a schools’ programme that offers students key learning benefits with strong curriculum links which embed British Values and citizenship. The programme highlights the importance of charities and the work they do and helps students to understand the role they play as global citizens. As part of Lepra’s schools’ programme, they have teamed up with Maria’s Island author, Victoria Hislop, illustrator, Gill Smith, and Walker Books to develop an educational project, available for schools to download and use for free. The story of Maria’s Island, as seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Maria and her family, helps young people understand the challenges people with leprosy face and, most importantly, how they can be overcome. (Download the free Educational Project Resource) including a video assembly with a reading by Victoria Hislop, a free Maria’s Island PDF extract, and helpful teacher notes that prompt exploration into the book’s complex themes. Anna is married with two primary-aged children and is passionate about inspiring children to use their creative talents to fundraise and help make a difference for people whose lives are affected by leprosy.   Website (www.lepra.org.uk) Social Media Information www.facebook.com/LepraUK twitter.com/LepraUK www.instagram.com/LepraUK www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Blr8kQMeNtP--vsw7pJfQ?view_as=subscriber Resources Mentioned (Download the free Educational Project Resource) from Lepra Show Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)
288: The Good Eggs - Essential Concepts for Children about Virtues, Diversity, and Service.
5d ago
288: The Good Eggs - Essential Concepts for Children about Virtues, Diversity, and Service.
The Good Eggs book series is Sandy Ciaramitaro's contribution to supporting children as they learn about virtues, diversity, and service – essential concepts to integrate into their lives as they grow into Good Eggs! This social emotional learning series is perfect for children ages 5-12. The Good Eggs Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works hard to identify childhood support programs, organizations, and families facing challenges in order to provide care and assistance. Once an organization is 'EGGED," it will receive the help that is needed. “EGGINGS” can take various forms, such as offering jackets/hats/gloves, offering school supplies to a group of students, or even helping with local children’s events for those in need. Discover how Sandy is using her passion for learning and good to support children in her community and beyond. S. Ciaramitaro (Sandy) holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and has taught morality, ethics, and social justice courses at a private high school in Michigan. In addition to her teaching career, she has taught, developed, and implemented programs and curricula that are focused on helping children realize the importance of living altruistic lives centered on love. The Good Eggs series is her contribution to supporting children as they learn about virtues, diversity, and service – essential concepts to integrate into their lives as they grow into Good Eggs! We help raise awareness and funds to make children's lives a little bit better. Website (www.thegoodeggs.org) Social Media Information www.youtube.com/channel/UCaTgWWHXR7_Yueqv4kxjvNA www.facebook.com/TheGoodEggsFoundation twitter.com/EggsFoundation www.linkedin.com/in/thegoodeggsfoundation/ www.instagram.com/thegoodeggsfoundation/ Resources Mentioned (Imagine - John Lennon) (Education on Fire episode 109 as mentioned by Mark Taylor ) Show Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)
285: The College Tour with Alex Boylan
Sep 12 2022
285: The College Tour with Alex Boylan
Alex Boylan is the Creator, Executive Producer and Host of The College Tour TV Series. The College Tour is a TV series brought to you by multi-award winning producers. The series tells the story of colleges and universities around the world.​ Each episode of The College Tour focuses on a single college or university.   ​From campus life, academics, housing, sports, activities, and much more… each student driven segment will give young people an inside look at what it’s truly like being a student at the featured college or university. A truly one-of-a-kind series featuring colleges and universities in a way they have never been seen before! Watch on Amazon Prime or (www.thecollegetour.com) After winning CBS's The Amazing Race at 23 years old, Alex has gone on to have an amazing career both in front and behind the camera. ​ Above all else, Alex is an adventurer, traveler, and storyteller. He has filmed in every state in America and over 60 countries around the world. He hosted two number #1 shows on PBS 'At The Chef's Table' and 'Animal Attractions', was CBS's 'National Ambassador' for two summers on the 'CBS Buzz Tour', hosted over 100 segments for Travel Channel, was Rachael Ray's sidekick hosting 'Rach to the Rescue' for her syndicated talk show and circumnavigated the world without a penny in his pocket on 'Around The World For Free'. Alex ran the field team for The Steve Harvey Show and was a Supervising Producer on World's Toughest Race. Currently Alex is the Executive Producer and Host of The College Tour. Production Experience: Alex has produced and hosted shows in every state in America and around the world including the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Guyana, Haiti, Hungary, India, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Partial 'TV' Client List: CBS, CBS Interactive, PBS, Travel Channel, Outside TV, Amazon, iTunes, Lonely Planet, The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, VH1, Daily Blast Live, Home and Family. Partial 'Brand Client List: AT&T, American Airlines, TOMS, Nitro Circus, Lance Bass's Dirty Pop, World Vision, Visit Norway, Lucky Buddha Beer, Safe Auto, The Tourism Authority of Thailand, Rio Olympics, The Clymb, Puerto Vallarta Tourism, Sony, Kings Hawaiian, PacSafe. Awards: He is an Emmy Nominated Producer, Webby Award Winner, and Adrian Award Winner. Website (www.thecollegetour.com) Social Media Information www.instagram.com/boylanalex www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderboylan Show Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)
281: Knight Moves with Linc Kroeger
Aug 29 2022
281: Knight Moves with Linc Kroeger
Linc’s passion for fighting social inequality led him to leverage his 35 years enterprise technology experience to create a creative solution to help level the playing field while also delivering technology solutions for the world’s most important causes. Linc served on the Technology Association of Iowa board for three years. He was assigned by Governor Kim Reynolds to her Empower Rural Iowa Task Force and has been identified as “the most innovative leader on bringing tech jobs to rural in the nation” by U.S. Congressmember Ro Khanna representing Silicon Valley. He has also been recognized as “Top National Rural Influencer” by The Ruralist and was the USDA Rural Prosperity Tour keynote speaker. Knight Moves empower Native American, rural, and urban underserved communities and employ them to break through barriers blocking socio-economic inclusion. Their teams are passionate about solving the big, hard-to-talk-about issues. Or better yet, we enjoy improving solutions already in motion that just need a little more ingenuity to get them across the finish line. They bring affordable tech talent to help address bigger issues. No issue is too big and every issue matters. Our team looks at how we can help with poverty, human trafficking, homelessness, food insecurity, and a whole lot more. Website (www.knightmoves.org) Social Media Information www.linkedin.com/company/knight-moves-org Resources Mentioned (Schindler's List) Show Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)
276: 360 Skills For Life with Rob Hattersley
Aug 11 2022
276: 360 Skills For Life with Rob Hattersley
Prepared for life, not just exams 360 are a dynamic social enterprise developing essential skills for life in young people through an interactive learning approach we call discuss, decide and do. 360 Skills For Life provide scenario-based educational experiences that equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence to live active, fulfilling and safer lives in stronger and more sustainable communities. Experience Skill City, their unique VR environment, bringing to life real world safeguarding dilemmas in realistic but safe scenarios. Their values We listen in order to continually learn and improve We connect and collaborate because partnerships achieve more for less We put the learner and their needs first We empower and challenge rather than instruct We engage and involve learners in our development We adapt and are flexible when encountering new situations and knowledge We include all learners regardless of age, disability, gender, relationship or parental status, race, belief, sex or sexual orientation We seek the best in everyone to realise individual and collective potential Their approach Holistic, cross-curricular education that delivers transferable skills for 21st century life Immersive, practical and interactive learning in which users discuss, make decisions and then do, rather than simply learning facts Awareness of surroundings to make good risk assessments, confidently make better decisions and deal with individual and collective challenges Blended learning where online, in-school and outdoor strands are closely integrated Provision of a realistic dilemma-based virtual Skill City as the core resource Partnership with other organisations to maximise impact and value 360 work closely with partners in the public, private and third sectors and deliver three integrated curriculum strands of online, in school and outdoors. The first phase on safeguarding launched in April 2021. Website (www.360skillsforlife.org) Social Media Information Twitter - @360SkillsForLife LinkedIn - /360skillsforlife Resource Mentioned (Watership Down) (Sir Ken Robinson TED Talk) Show Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)
273: The role of edtech in narrowing the attainment gap with Tassomai
Aug 1 2022
273: The role of edtech in narrowing the attainment gap with Tassomai
Narrowing the attainment gap remains the key challenge for the education system, especially as we steer our way out of the pandemic. In February 2022, Tassomai hosted a round table discussion, bringing together some of the leading thinkers and innovators in the education world to consider the role that edtech software could, and should, play in tackling this challenge. The participants felt edtech had the potential to support but it wasn’t a magic wand, it needed to be considered with care: Data from edtech software needs to be easy to analyse so it can effectively inform teaching and learning decisions and support disadvantaged learners. Connecting data with demographics is essential for schools to understand how disadvantaged learners are progressing. Designing for disadvantaged children from the start can ensure their needs are prioritised. Following the round table a short report has been produced to capture the wide ranging and insightful discussion. (You can download the report here.) James Stradling is Head of Science at All Saints Academy in Weymouth and has been at the school for around 15 Years. Tassomai was founded by learning and revision expert Murray Morrison, who built the program to help his own students learn more effectively. Using techniques from sports and music coaching, Murray created a program to test and teach through continuous practice and adapted repetition.Since 2012, Murray has focused fully on developing Tassomai as a software and a business. Tassomai has established itself as an edtech tool able to transform teaching and learning, helping over 250,000 students get their best possible grades. Its essential power is to be able to identify where students need more support and direct them (along with their teachers and parents) to practice and resources that can help. Website (www.tassomai.com) Social Media Information @Tassomai @MurrayTassomai Show Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)
272: Learning through connection and community with Decoteau Irby
Jul 28 2022
272: Learning through connection and community with Decoteau Irby
Decoteau creates teaching and learning experiences, music and stories, and opportunities for people to be in community. Be it through music, encouraging the use of urban green spaces, or creating opportunities for Black people to generate wealth and wellness, his priorities are grounded in “going at it” together and creating space for people to shine. Throughout his life, he has created all sorts of things, spaces, and experiences. These include businesses, such Derute Consulting Cooperative, a firm he co-founded in 2013; Visioning Black Spaces LLC, a collective of families that pool and invest our resources to improve Chicago’s Black neighborhoods; and Deaky Bug Creative Works LLC, a firm he uses to curate and finance his personal creative endeavors and collaborations. Decoteau is a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and author or co-editor of several books, including Stuck Improving: Racial Equity and School Leadership (Harvard Education Press) and a children’s book Magical Black Tears: A Protest Story (Derute Consulting Cooperative). Through all of his work, he is committed to creating spaces that bring people together in community. He is active in his neighborhood community garden and serves as treasurer for his local park advisory council. Finally, a self-taught guitarist, songwriter, performer, and recording artist; with two albums released and available on his website. Website (www.decoteauirby.com) Social Media Information Twitter: @decoteauirby IG: decoteaublack LinkedIn: Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)
271: WHO SMARTED? the hit children's podcast with Jerry Kolber
Jul 25 2022
271: WHO SMARTED? the hit children's podcast with Jerry Kolber
Jerry Kolber is the Emmy-nominated co-creator and showrunner of Nat Geo's biggest hit series BRAIN GAMES, and Netflix's BRAINCHILD with Pharrell Williams.  He is the co-creator and narrator of the hit children's podcast WHO SMARTED? (Apple & NY Times Pick for Kids), which has over 3 million downloads in its first year. The Atomic team behind WHO SMARTED? includes educators, STEM consultants, writers and producers with a passion for improving the lives of children, parents, and teachers. The Atomic team has spent tens of thousands of hours creating the best educational content in the world; we will stop at nothing to make learning fun and easier for you and your family. Jerry Kolber's other credits as showrunner or producer include A&E's INKED, QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY, CONFESSIONS OF A MATCHMAKER (A&E), 14 MINUTES FROM EARTH (space documentary), DARK WEB (Discovery), THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUE CRIME WITH AMANDA KNOX (AMC Digital). THE INTERNET RUINED MY LIFE (SyFy), and the upcoming Spotify original DEEP BLUE SEA. Jerry is co-founder and CEO of the edutainment company Atomic Entertainment Group. He is also a certified meditation instructor.  Website (whosmarted.com) Social Media Information www.facebook.com/WhoSmarted/ www.instagram.com/whosmarted/?hl=en twitter.com/whosmarted Resource Mentioned (Math with Bad Drawings) (Psych Experiments ) Show Sponsor The National Association for Primary Education speaks for young children and all who live and work with them. Get a FREE e-copy of their professional journal at  (nape.org.uk/journal)